The Battle of Berlin (German: Schlacht um Berlin, Russian: Берлинская наступательная операция), fought in 1945 between the forces of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union over the German capital was the final major battle in the European theater of World War II, resulting in the decimation of the German forces and the eventual surrender of Germany. It is a map featured in Battlefield 1942.
On both sides casualties are high. The Germans, however, are clearly at a disadvantage and they seem to be fighting with even more desperation than ever before. They refuse to surrender, knowing that this battle could very well be their last."
— Soviet Map Briefing
It's been very quiet at the Reichstag lately. It's unclear what plans German command has for continuing the defense of Berlin."
— German Map Briefing
— Soviet Objectives Briefing
— German Objectives Briefing
The battle is primarily an infantry map, although there are several tanks. The Soviets must advance from their uncapturable base to try to control the three capturable German outposts. The Germans are at a disadvantage with only one tank and an APC vs two Soviet T-34 tanks. The Soviet Army suffers ticket bleed that can be stopped by capturing any one of the three flags.
Berlin, like Stalingrad, has a reputation of being quite susceptible to grenade spam. Some servers have had to be modified not to allow grenades.
The Soviet HQ consists of a narrow street. With an MG gun in the front of spawn, its defensive capabilities are really worth something. However, the Soviet flag is rather open and can turn into a killzone with rather ease. Near the edge of intersection is a building with three levels; climbing to the third story can provide a sniping point to the street. A second entrance is located in a narrow alleyway that comes out behind the flag. It's covered to some degree by an MG position in the top floor of a building. The base is uncapturable and spawns one T-34-85, one T-34, and two MG emplacements.
The Brunnenstrasse HQ is the closest flag to the Soviet flag. Its layout is an open area with a sandbag fortification against the wall. Grenades work well in this base for players who need to dislodge several enemy troops. The base spawns no vehicles or emplacements.
German Mitte HQ
The German Mitte HQ is located right across the street from the Brunnenstrasse HQ. The flag spawns the only APC spawn in the map, which actually spawns away from the flag, out in the middle of the main street. The layout is basically a group of small buildings. The northern part of the block is where two MG 42 facing towards the soviets are located. Another MG emplacement is located near the actual flag itself facing towards a narrow street. The building in the northern part has some windows that face towards the little courtyard where the flag is located. There are two ammo boxes near the actual flag itself. A Hanomag and three MG emplacements spawn here.
In singleplayer the Hanomag will not spawn.
Bernauer Strasse HQ
The Germans' possible last stand is located in the western part of the map. This spawns the only armor available to the Germans: a single Panzer IV. The flag is centered between several bombed out buildings.
Capture the Flag
All control points have been removed, except the Soviet Base and Bernauer Strasse HQ, which are now the objective flags. The vehicle layout is the same.
The control point and vehicle layouts are the same as Conquest, except Bernauer Strasse HQ is now uncapturable and spawns an additional Tiger.
— Soviet victory
— Soviet defeat
— German victory
— German defeat
There is an unused MG42 at the fourth-floor balcony southeast building of Bernauer Strasse HQ control point, which players cannot be accessible by any means. It is also present in Team Deathmatch, but not in singleplayer or Capture the Flag.